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“A fast-paced and insightful journey through architectures in which sex and sexuality are writ large. A thought-provoking, fascinating book.”
(Iain Borden, University College London)

“An adventurous sex-travelogue, beautifully written and pleasurable from cover to cover.”
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“Williams observes in Sex and Buildings that, on the whole, sexual experimentation and research burgeoned during the twentieth century. He examines how architecture, modern or otherwise, reflected and/or shaped this new behavior. Architects rarely have discussed how their buildings accommodate or promote sexual activity. To measure architecture’s potential to suggest or trigger erotic impulses, the author considers a diverse range of structures, including Richard Neutra’s Lovell Health House, Mad Men television sets, Wilhelm Reich’s orgone accumulator, John Portman’s Bonaventure Hotel, and various utopian commune experiments. He describes their erotic symbolism and examines them from various, often conflicting, methodological viewpoints . . . This approach demonstrates a great nimbleness of mind.” 
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Richard J. Williams is professor of contemporary visual cultures at the University of Edinburgh and the author of Brazil: Modern Architectures in History, also published by Reaktion Books.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (August 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780231040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780231044
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.L. Harding on April 5, 2014
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I saw this in a museum book store after an exhibit, but other more glamorous purchases took my cash. I bought this after the glitter settled and glad I did. It is full of info and explains motivations which are not obvious and now I see in all objects what drove an entire era. I love these types of in depth " that's so cool, I didn't know that" books. I am so glad I bought it!
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